A poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 9 in 10 adults ages 40 and above would be comfortable using a form of telemedicine for themselves or a loved one. This may be more feasible, with a law passed last winter that expands Medicare coverage for video visits for patients with specific conditions; however, there is still concern for reimbursement.
In response to the General Assembly’s instructions, the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, in collaboration with state agencies, healthcare providers and families, published Delaware’s Plan for Managing the Health Care Needs of Children with Medical Complexity.
A review of studies published by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a lack of evidence supporting the effectiveness of medication alternatives to ADHD, including cognitive behavioral therapy, parent training and diets. It usually is recommended that doctors prescribe stimulants, behavior therapy or both, with stimulants as the first treatment method used.
Inspired by interacting with children with special needs, and with the aim of positive representation of young individuals with disabilities in the media, Joshua Leonard created Team Supreme, a superhero cartoon made up of characters with a range of disabilities, including hearing impairment, paralysis, autism spectrum disorder and cancer.
Although the state Joint Finance Committee approved an increase of $4.7 million for nonprofit agencies that support individuals with disabilities, it is only a quarter of what is needed to reach market-level pay for direct support professionals, such as long-time Collaborative Effort to Reinforce Transition Success (C.E.R.T.S.) employee, Sharuanda Robinson.